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sides. others see the use of drones by the united states as nothing more than execution by air, without due process, no court, no charges, no trial, and relatively little oversight. what's beyond dispute is this, drone attacks have become a huge weapon for this country. and this president has made unprecedented use of them. nbc news has obtained a government document that lays out the legal argument to stify the president's use of drones to kill al qaeda suspects, including, in some cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated in an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda, and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions
spending cuts, cuts he fears will wreck the u.s. economic recovery. basically he wants lawmakers to kick the can down the road one more time. let's go to our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan is joining us. dan, the president made a little bit of a surprise appearance over in the white house briefing room. >> reporter: that's right. very surprising because the president in the past has criticized these short-term deals saying that this is not what the american people sent their elected officials to washington to do. you have this march 1st deadline quickly approaching. while congress is trying to work on a bigger budget, 1 pine point $2 trillion package, the president says they need more time in order to continue tipping away at the problem. the big concern is that everyone believes that the economy is moving in the right direction. the president is pointing to auto sales, the housing, to manufacturing. and so there's this worry that if this see quester happens, if these deep cuts happen then it could be a major set back for the u.s. economy. the president is saying the threat a
't giving up yet. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." cutting our pay. that's how one u.s. officer says u.s. troops view the recommendation for a smaller pay increase in 2014. no one goes into the military to get rich but most servicemen and women need every dollar in their paycheck. so worried that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defen
dykes is dead. killed in the raid that freed that little boy. they used secret cameras to watch dykes, noticed he was acting erratically and that time may had been running out. victor blackwell is live. what a relief for this family. victor, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, brooke. yes, not only for the family, but for the entire community. people across the country, even in other countries, were following this story, and commenting and praying that they were hoping ethan would be able to come home soon. two reasons why this happened when it did. first, we're told that communications with jimmy lee dykes broke down in the day leading up to the raid and the more important reason, they saw he had a gun and he had to go in when they did to save ethan. ethan is safe. this is a photograph of the 5-year-old being taken to a hospital after being held hostage for nearly a week in an underground bunker in midland city, alabama. >> he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. he's very brave. he's very l
jonathan karl tells us about the news today. >> reporter: by one count, president obama has already used unmanned cia drones to strike more than 300 suspected terrorist targets, even more than his predecessor. but today, we learned just how much authority the administration believes it has to kill, without trial or evidence, suspected terrorists, even american citizens. a newly disclosed justice department document says american citizens tied to al qaeda can be killed, if, "an informed, high-level official believes the target poses an imminent threat." but the document says it "does not require the government to have clear evidence." case in point, anwar al awlaki, an american citizen and top al qaeda leader, linked to several terrorist attacks. he was killed in a 2011 drone strike. human rights advocates say the justice department memo goes way too far. and -- >> justifies essentially a claim that the executive branch can be judge, jury and executioner. >> reporter: as soon as he became president, barack obama stopped cia tactics like waterboarding that he considered torture. but this j
's gio benitez following it all for us. >> reporter: the little boy at the center of a week-long hostage standoff is in his mother's arm, and tonight, the fbi's bold plan to rescue him coming into sharp focus. negotiators convinced jimmy lee dykes to approach the bunker door to accept delivery of an item. there, fbi agents set off an explosive device. law enforcement officers say dykes fired on the agents. they fired back. moments later, dykes was dead and ethan was safe. the fbi and highly specialized s.w.a.t. teams spent seven days planning the raid, while hostage negotiators tried to keep dykes talking. we boarded a hall continuer here in southern alabama to get our first look at dykes' underground bunker site. you can see a number of small structures on this plot of land. but what dykes didn't know, just across the street, the fbi had recently built this mock bunker to train agents for different scenarios. >> you can practice breaching the door. you can practice how to get a camera inside. and ultimately design how you're going to assault this bunker. >> reporter: as authorities swar
. the shamed cyclist has till tomorrow to tell the u.s. anti-doping agency about his drug taking. armstrong of course talkeded to oprah winfrey but will he talk to them? that's all for us tonight. "a.c. 360" starts for us now. >>> piers, thanks, everyone. it is 10:00 here on the east coast. tonight, a pretty stunning statement about governor chris christie, a man who could one day be president or run for president. quote, i'm worried about this man dying in office. christie is also speaking out about his health. our question tonight, could someone who is considered overweight also be considered healthy. we have answers for you ahead. "360" m.d. sanjay gupta will join us for that. also, why some people build bunkers. what drives them to prepare for everything from natural disasters to the end of the world as he see it. >>> we begin tonight with breaking news. the first look at the bunker jimmy lee dykes turned into a prison cell for a 5-year-old boy and a kind of twisted alamo where he made his final fatal stand. a bunker we're now learning that included two bombs. the fbi just released the
and groceries? aflac. cell phone? aflac, but i doubt he'll be using his phone for quite a while cause like i said, he has a fractured beak. [ male announcer ] send the aflac duck a get-well card at getwellduck.com. >>> in our final moment "end point," we're giving it all to you. >> soledad you're just mentioning, jennifer tyrrell's visit today was very moving. here is someone who say loving mother who has done absolutely nothing wrong who has served her community well and she's apparently being discriminated against simply because of the way god made her. >> boy scouts of america, the vote is sometime today, we'll see how that goes. thanks guy, i appreciate you being with us. s "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. see you back here tomorrow morning. hey, carol. >>> happening new in "the newsroom," scout's honor. >> my attitudes is gays and lesbians should have access. >> today could be decision day for the boy scouts of america. both sides and the battlecry. >> boy scouts have a right to have an organization that says that it wants to build boys who are morally straight. >> e
appreciate you being with us. s "cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. see you back here tomorrow morning. hey, carol. >>> happening new in "the newsroom," scout's honor. >> my attitudes is gays and lesbians should have access. >> today could be decision day for the boy scouts of america. both sides and the battlecry. >> boy scouts have a right to have an organization that says that it wants to build boys who are morally straight. >> ending this ban would uphold the dignity and respect scouting was founded on. >>> also the american sniper shooting and the terrifying 911 call just released. >> my brother just came by here, he told me that he's committed a murder. >> reporter: for the first time the moments after a navy s.e.a.l. and his friend were shot to death. >>> also, strike two for the second time this week, baseball and performance-enhancing drugs are in the headlines, this time it's milwaukee's ryan braun being investigated. and this. ♪ don't wake me up >>> chris brown and his community service, new questions this morning whether he really served his 180 hours for
with a as one agent told us, we had eyes on him the whole time. scott, we also talked to a member of ethan's family. they say he's doing okay and the boy has his sixth birthday on wednesday. >> pelley: mark, thank much. senior correspondent john miller is a former assistant director at the f.b.i. john, you've been talking to your sources today. how did they do it? >> this was something they looked at among the options and they had two or three different options but today as they has been delivering things to that doorway that dykes used, his entrance to the bunker-- and this occurred over days-- they created an opportunity today because he was getting more irrational, he was handling a weapon, they say. and they created an opportunity to bring him to the door to accept that delivery then they threw in the distraction devices or what are commonly called by swat teams flash bangs. they emit a blinding light and a huge big noise that small entry team-- and this would be three, no more than four hostage rescue team members-- went in there and engaged dykes; killed him and rescued the boy. this
. >>> good morning everyone i'm ashleigh banfield nice to have you in the newsroom with us, we begin with a story of a 5-year-old alabama boy, a boy named ethan, who woke up in a hospital this morning with his mom and his favorite dinosaur toy. this after a week of being locked away with a ruthless killer in an underground bunker. before a dramatic swat like rescue, in which he saw two grown men shot dead right before his eyes, his bus driver a week before and his captor just yesterday. this is so hard to imagine how a young mind will ever recover from an ordeal like this, earlier on cnn, we heard from alicia, herself a kidnapping victim as a teenager who runs a victim support group. here is her advice. >> you have to try to keep things normal. that's what we have to do for this little boy is keep certain things as normal as possible. >> like what? >> things like just basic routines he had done before. his favorite games, his favorite movies, his favorite food. just try to keep an anchor in the before. and really not equate him with this happening to him. this happened to him.
. an embattleled u.s. senator's hitting back at his accusers. new video could potentially support his claim he's the victim of a politically motivated smear campaign. plus, a huge scandal in the world's most popular sport. i'm wolf blitzer. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> but we begin in new orleans. a city deeply embarrassed by the power blackout that interrupted potentially could have changed the course of the super bowl. this is much more than a sports story. it's raising very serious questions about the city's readiness to host big events. cnn's brian todd is in new orleans for us. he's got the very latest on this investigation on what happened during that blackout. brian, what are you learning? >> reporter: wolf, learning se incremental things about the investigation. how it's proceeding, how they're looking into it. and what's interesting is the two entries responsible for handling the power and electricity to the superdome, they're the ones handling it. at various times over the past less than 24 hours since this happened, both
pitts tells us how a killer once committed to a mental hospital got a permit by-to-buy 15 guns. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. the f.b.i. has stormed an underground shelter today, shooting to death a kidnapper and freeing a five-year-old boy unharmed. the boy, whose first name is ethan, had been held for seven days outside midland city, alabama. the family allowed us to show you his picture. the police say that ethan was kidnapped last tuesday from a school bus by 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes who neighbors have described as belligerent. mark strassmann is on the scene with the breaking news tonight. mark? >> reporter: scott, here's what happened in the final minute. two muffled bangs could be heard behind me in the direction of the shelter. an ambulance that had been parked nearby since the start of the standoff raced up the hill. about a minute later, local deputies and f.b.i. agents were patting themselves on the back, then ambulance came back down the hill, this time driving slowly, carrying ethan to a lo
enforcement went into the bunker? >> yes. >> can tell us about the procedures that you guys undertook to go in and remove the child? >> at this time we don't want to -- everything's being looked at and being reviewed. it's all still part of the investigation. and we can't answer a lot of questions like that. >> did the mother have contact with the child? >> yes, ma'am, the mother is in contact with her child. >> during the time he was underground? >> she's in contact with the child and the child's doing good. >> were you able to get anything on what mr. dykes wanted to tell -- >> right now we're still gathering facts in the investigation, we're going to keep that stuff. there's still an ongoing investigation. we can only answer certain questions. >> can you talk about the circumstances under which mr. dykes was killed? >> all that is still part of an ongoing investigation. we can't really -- >> was the boy threatened at all when you entered? >> yes, we had reason to believe when we went in to save the child. >> how did you know that he had a weapon? >> early on in the investigation, if you
following new information on the use of unmanned predator drones. it comes a day after nbc news uncovered a confidential justice department memo on the program. the report shows deadly strikes can be ordered against u.s. citizens found to be operational leaders of al qaeda. now some members of congress including many democrats are expressing concern the administration is going too far. white house officials defended the program. >> we conduct those strikes because they are necessary to mitigate on going actual threats, stop plots, prevent future attacks and, again, save american lives. the strikes are legal. they're ethical and wise. >> drones have been used to take out more than 400 terrorist targets in pakistan and the middle east. the program is expected to be a focal point tomorrow when meetings begin for john brennan, his nominee to head the senate or the cia, rather. >>> an earthquake hits the south pacific. the 8.0 quake struck near the solomon islands. it generated a tsunami wave three feet high and five people were killed before evacuated in fiji and australia. warnings that were
will remember super bowl xlvii for the team's kind of nail biting victory. 34-31. most of us will remember it was the night that went out in new orleans. a power outage in new orleans stopped the game for 34 minutes it may have prevented a interest bowl blowout. we are joined by rachel in new orleans. >> good morning, soledad. no question, this was a huge embarrassment. i spoke to a superdome official last night, they had gone through a whole week with the stadium and city showing they could host an event of this magnitude. it not a gradient issue. this was about a piece of electronic equipment that monitors the electricity coming into the stadium. officials called it an "ab normality." really, it's just like in your house, when you have to go down to the basement and flip the switch again, that's what happened with the officials. they had to flip everything back open. lights slowly came back on. 34 minutes. a big delay for the ravens especially. right before, a kickoff return for the touchdown. right before that, the halftime show. and their offense hadn't been on the field for more than
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